Via Monte Napoleone, is a stylish and graceful as well as an expensive shopping street in Milan, Italy. It is noted for its readymade garments and jewelry shops. It is the most popular street of the Milan Fashion District, recognized as Quadrilatero della moda where most noted designers of the present age from the globe have their high-end boutiques and stores from Italian designers for about the most world famous brands.
The most exclusive and elusive Italian shoemakers have boutiques about on this street. More, Montenapoleone is also regarded as the most noted and respected ’street in fashion’, as Milan is well established globally as a prominent fashion capital of the world. Presently many of the world’s best and top fashion houses have their headquarters, major offices and large emporia there at the street.
The historical back ground of this street connects it to the Roman city wall as stalled by the Emperor Maximian. In year 1783 a financial institution thus named the Monte Camerale di Santa Teresa opened here in Palazzo Marliani, with the operations of managing the public debt.
In 1786, the street itself was named after the monte. The bank was closed down in 1796 but re-opened in 1804, when Milan was described as the capital of the Napoleonic Italian Republic, as the Monte Napoleone from the street derived its current name. As about in the first part of the nineteenth century the street was reconstructed in the neoclassical manner with palaces of the highest of aristocracy being there.
The Prominent building on this street from that era contains as the Palazzo Melzi di Cusano, the Palazzo Gavazzi, the Casa Carcassola, and the Palazzetta Tarverna. The much earlier Palazzo Marliani however, considered as one of the best houses to survive from the time and period of Sforza, was kept conserved as till the destruction during the Allied bombing campaign of 1943.
After World War II, Via Monte Napoleone developed itself as one of the prominent shopping streets in the international fashion, somewhere as equivalent and parallel to Paris’ Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, Rome’s Via Condotti, London’s Bond Street or Oxford Street, and Florence’s Via de’ Tornabuoni.
Caffè Cova, was established there in 1817 and is known as one of the city’s oldest cafés and confectioners, relocated to Via Monte Napoleone in 1950 from its original place next to the Teatro alla Scala. Some of the popular designer stores on the street follow as A Testoni, Alberta Ferretti, Alberto Guardiani, Alexander Mcqueen, Audemars Piguet, Baldinini, Bally, Etro, Fabi, Fedeli Red and Blue, Gastone Lucioli, Gavello, Geox, Gianmaria Bucellati, Gianni Accardi and many more.